Is SEO the new spin?

We all know digital has disrupted everything in marketing: Advertising, Direct, Promotions, Design and yes, even PR.

Of course journalists have always had space to fill and demanding editors to appease. In this digital age, they are, as ever, under constant pressure to come up with interesting content which people want to read and which sells magazines/ newspapers/ TV advertising. The ‘Digital Revolution’ hasn’t changed this.
But digital has, nevertheless, changed PR. Today, pretty much all journalism appears somewhere online. Not all appears in print. And people are reading the online stuff! PR agencies report that their clients […]

2011-09-01T09:49:03+00:00 March 30th, 2011|SEO|6 Comments

Integrated solutions need integrated knowledge

Seems like everyone’s talking about integration of digital platforms at the moment. However in my experience, far fewer people are actually doing it. We still have Search specialists, Social Media specialists and Mobile specialists. They’re not talking to each other enough. These silos exist both within client marketing departments and in the agency world.
But the winds of change are […]

2011-09-02T13:35:20+00:00 February 5th, 2011|Agencies, Integration|3 Comments

Smart(phone) marketing

Cell phone (US). Handy (Germany). Mobile phone (UK).  Mobile device? (Global).

Next time you leave your house, apartment, factory, college or office, take a look at the people on the street. Many of them will be talking. But not many to each other. They may also be reading. But not newspapers. Or typing. But not on giant PC keyboards. Aargh! Quick: better check your smartphone is safely in your inside pocket and, crucially, switched on. Breathe. Calm. It’s OK: you’re connected to the global cellular/mobile internet life support system. Phew.

How these shiny gadgets have come to dominate our lives. But do they […]

2011-09-02T13:31:13+00:00 January 16th, 2011|Mobile|8 Comments

Bumbling politicians serve up digital dog’s dinner

“The Law is an Ass” says Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Yes, even here in Good Old Blighty, the oldest democracy in the world (err…sorry Iceland, Greece, Isle of Man, America, NZ +++), we sometimes get it badly wrong: the upshot being that we end up with laws that are ridiculous, unenforceable, dangerous or all of these. One such is the new UK Digital Economy Act (DEA). The Act was rushed through by the last UK […]

2011-09-02T13:31:57+00:00 July 25th, 2010|General, Trends|13 Comments

Changing Times. But will we pay?

© 1979 Pink Floyd Music Ltd

Today, we find a place to rent or a house to buy, we book a holiday and stay in touch with our friends using different technologies from those our parents relied on 25 years ago. We all know the internet has changed the world, both economically […]

2011-09-02T13:33:15+00:00 June 14th, 2010|Trends|6 Comments

Getting the most out of digital agency relationships

(An edited version of this post first appeared on www.aprais.com.
Aprais is a global business relationship management consultancy.)

For most people working in marketing, the ideal client/ agency relationship is a healthy one, based on mutual respect and perceived equality: i.e. a true partnership. However we all know “all good things must come to an end” and with agency-client relationships, this sometimes happens prematurely.

So what about digital? Well because digital is still relatively new, and fast-changing, the picture is fragmented. And because digital is growing so fast in […]

2011-09-02T13:33:49+00:00 April 25th, 2010|Agencies|3 Comments

Digital Marketing Training: learning from others’ successes (and failures)

(This Post first appeared on the CAM Foundation Blog – http://digitalqualifications.blogspot.com)

There are times when one needs to be sure one is dealing with skilled, thoroughly-trained professionals.

A very senior and experienced Marketing Director said to me the other day: “You know Mike, the single biggest thing holding back Digital right now is the shortage of experienced, knowledgeable people who really know what they’re doing […]

2011-09-02T13:34:10+00:00 February 3rd, 2010|Education and training|14 Comments